The rumors about the Kansas City Chiefs eying a quarterback in the first round of the 2014 NFL Draft could very well be a ploy. The Chiefs select at No. 23, and the Cincinnati Bengals, Cleveland Browns and Houston Texans select shortly after at No. 24, No. 26 and No. 33 respectively. These are all teams that could be in the market for a quarterback.
The rumors may have been designed to try to get one of these teams to trade up to Kansas City’s spot. The Chiefs are definitely interested in trading down for more picks. GM John Dorsey did say “and who’s to say we won’t have second-round pick” at his pre-draft press conference.
That said, the Chiefs selecting a quarterback in the first round is definitely not out of the question. The quarterback rumors could be a stunt, but there is a good chance they aren’t. Do you think that Dorsey, who was part of the group that selected Aaron Rodgers in the first round with Brett Favre under contract, will avoid taking a quarterback just because Alex Smith is under contract?
If Dorsey and coach Andy Reid see someone they believe could be a franchise quarterback drop to No. 23, why wouldn’t they go for it? Smith’s contract will be up after this season, and he will likely cost around $15 million per year to re-sign. The Chiefs could save a lot of money on the 2015 salary cap if the team has a starting quarterback on a rookie contract.
The 2014 season may take a small hit, as a quarterback wouldn’t help fill an immediate area of need. Though the money saved on the 2015 cap and beyond could help fill the team’s holes better than a single first-round selection. It’s definitely a gamble, but it’s one that could mean a much brighter future for Kansas City. If the Chiefs’ front office strongly believes there is a quarterback available who could produce like Rodgers one day, they would have to go for it.
This draft is loaded with talent. It’s very possible for somebody like that to slip through the cracks down to No. 23. Crazy things happen in every NFL Draft, and this doesn’t even qualify as crazy. The idea of Dorsey and Reid eying a few quarterbacks is not at all surprising when you consider the people and circumstances involved.